Category Archives: contraception

Two Versions of Church Teaching on Contraception

Version A: Contraception is intrinsically evil and gravely immoral, regardless of marital state. It is any act which deprives sexual intercourse of its procreative finality (i.e. its openness to life), regardless of whether the persons engaging in sex are married … Continue reading

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Unfaithful Conservatives have turned Humanae Vitae into a Fabergé egg

Conservatives complain when the Pope criticizes them. They say, “Why is he criticizing those who are most faithful?” There is an assumption common among conservatives that the majority opinion in the conservative Catholic subculture is essentially inerrant. But, in fact, … Continue reading

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Three Proposed Dubia on Contraception

DUBIA D. 1. Whether the teaching of the Magisterium condemning contraception as intrinsically evil is to be understood as applying only to its use in marital intercourse. D. 2. Whether the teaching of the Magisterium condemning contraception as intrinsically evil … Continue reading

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Conservative Sources which distort Humanae Vitae

The claim that contraception is only condemned by the Church as intrinsically evil and gravely immoral when it is used within marriage is finding increasing acceptance among conservative Catholics. Examples follow. LifeSiteNews promotes this error: “The marital act is and … Continue reading

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Is Contraception Only Immoral in Marriage? Where’s your proof?

The conservative Catholic subculture is teaching a radical and heretical revision of Humanae Vitae, while at the same time crying out, with indignation and anger, at liberal Catholics who do the same. In truth, contraception is immoral regardless of marital … Continue reading


Two Competing Versions of Humanae Vitae teaching

Here is yet another article worrying that Pope Francis might reevaluate Humanae Vitae, and revise its interpretation: Theologian: Tampering With Humanae Vitae Could Cause Untold Damage [National Catholic Register, 12 Sept 2017]. Yes, tampering with Humanae Vitae would cause untold … Continue reading

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A Canon Lawyer radically revises Humanae Vitae

Over at In the Light of the Law: A Canon Lawyer’s Blog, Dr. Ed Peters has a post titled About that ‘Humanae vitae’ rumor (July 11, 2017). And what he says about Humanae Vitae is perplexing, arrogant, false, self-contradictory, and … Continue reading

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Contraception and Marriage: if it were true

A loose-knit group of Catholic commentators has decided to proclaim a radical revision to the teaching of the Magisterium on contraception: the claim that contraception is only intrinsically evil when used by a married couple. What happens when contraception is … Continue reading


Birth Control Pills for a Medical Purpose? The Catholic Answer

Is it moral for Catholic spouses to both (1) use abortifacient contraception for a medical purpose and (2) continue having marital relations? The correct Catholic answer: The spouses must refrain from sex while taking abortifacient contraception for a medical purpose. … Continue reading

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Reliable Teaching on Contraception outside Marriage

Judie Brown at EWTN — She points out that the use of any form of contraception is immoral, and, when contraception is used in sex outside of marriage, there are two wrongs: contraception and extra-marital sex. Fr. Richard Hogan at … Continue reading


Mexican Priest gives Abortifacient Contraception to Migrant Women

Well, it’s the “Nuns in the Congo” controversy, all over again. See the news report at the guardian: The priest helping women get birth control at US border: ‘Lesser of two evils’. “Though contraception is a venial sin in Catholic … Continue reading

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Catholics who use Contraception should be Prohibited from Communion

…along with all the false teachers who make excuses for them. Use of contraception is an objective mortal sin; it is an intrinsically evil and gravely immoral act. The use of mere contraception is a lesser sin than the adultery … Continue reading

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Catholic Doctrine on Contraception

Contraception is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. Intrinsically evil acts are always immoral, regardless of intention or purpose, and regardless of circumstances or consequences. Contraception is any act ordered, by its very nature, to deprive a sexual act of … Continue reading


E. Christian Brugger on Contraception Outside of Marriage

E. Christian Brugger is a professor of ethics at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. In a brief artcie at, he answers the question as to whether the Church’s teaching on the immorality of contraception is limited to the marital … Continue reading

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The Principle of Double Effect and Intrinsically Evil Acts

The Principle of Double Effect (PDE) has been badly misunderstood by most teachers of Catholic ethics, and it is often misrepresented. The main problem is that you cannot understand the principle of double effect, unless you first understand the three … Continue reading


If you think there is a Translation Error in Humanae Vitae…

If you think there is a translation error in Humanae Vitae, where is your scholarly or theological argument? If you think that Church teaching, on the grave moral matter of contraception, has been badly misunderstood due to that translation error, … Continue reading


Janet Smith’s new translation of Humanae Vitae

Janet Smith has decided that Humanae Vitae contains a translation error, which, when corrected by her, results in a stunning change in Church doctrine, suddenly limiting the condemnation of contraception to the marital state. This claim is contradicted by many … Continue reading

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Heresy and Contraception Outside of Marriage

Christopher O. Tollefsen: “contraceptive acts are intrinsically wrong, and not merely always wrong within the marital context.” Tollefsen: “even commentators such as John T. Noonan, who believe the Church teaching to be changeable, accept that the Church has throughout its … Continue reading


Catholic Hypocrisy on the Contraception Mandate

Certain prominent Catholic teachers have, for many years now, been promoting a radical revision of Catholic teaching on contraception. They have proposed a new understanding of that teaching, such that contraception would be moral in many cases. Some claim that … Continue reading


The Humanae Vitae Translation Error cohort

This post is part one of a series. Cohors What is a “cohort”? Noun: “1. a group or company … 5. an accomplice; abettor”. [1] The HV Translation Error cohort, as I have dubbed them, are a relatively small group … Continue reading

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